Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society | VOL. 366

Emission-line properties of Seyfert 2 nuclei

Publication Date Feb 21, 2006


This is the third paper of a series devoted to the study of the global properties of Joguet’s sample of 79 nearby galaxies observable from the southern hemisphere, of which 65 are Seyfert 2 galaxies. We use the population synthesis models of Paper II to derive ‘pure’ emission-line spectra for the Seyfert 2 galaxies in the sample, and thus explore the statistical properties of the nuclear nebular components and their relation to the stellar populations. We find that the emission-line clouds suffer substantially more extinction than the starlight, and we confirm the correlations between stellar and nebular velocity dispersions and between emission-line luminosity and velocity dispersions, although with substantial scatter. Nuclear luminosities correlate with stellar velocity dispersions, but Seyferts with conspicuous star-forming activity deviate systematically towards higher luminosities. Removing the contribution of young stars to the optical continuum produces a tighter and steeper relation, L ∝ σ 4 , consistent with the Faber‐Jackson law. Emission-line ratios indicative of the gas excitation such as [O III]/Hβ and [O III]/[O II] are statistically smaller for Seyferts with significant star formation, implying that ionization by massive stars is responsible for a substantial and sometimes even a dominant fraction of the Hβ and [O II] fluxes. We use our models to constrain the maximum fraction of the ionizing power that can be generated by a hidden active galactic nucleus (AGN). We correlate this fraction with classical indic...

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Stellar Velocity Dispersions
Active Galactic Nucleus
Hidden Active Galactic Nucleus
Low-luminosity Seyferts
Nebular Excitation
Velocity Dispersions
Significant Star Formation
Steeper Relation
Emission-line Luminosity
Contribution Of Active Galactic Nucleus

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